My friends tease me for saying "I can make that" whenever we go shopping anywhere (or out to eat!)but they love that I can craft things that I would otherwise buy for more money. If you like what you see, check out some of my other projects at Monzanita's. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions!

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A Taste of Greece Festival – Chandler, Arizona

By Monica Jamer

This weekend the Taste of Greece Festival is going to be back in Chandler, Arizona. We were able to go to the Greek Festival last fall and it was great. I was happy to experience the food and culture. I haven’t had much experience with Greek food or culture outside of this festival. In fact, […]

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Toddler Outings In Arizona

By Monica Jamer

I love to take my toddler out and about. At two and a half he loves to explore and we both love to spend time out of the house. I take pictures to show him later, but I am truly amazed at how much he remembers and soaks in. We went to the Greek Festival […]

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Schnepf Farms Peach Festival

By Monica Jamer

Schnepf Farms is one of our favorite local places to visit. They are a family farm that has tons of history and even more going on still. They are open from the beginning of October for the Pumpkin and Chili Festival until May or June, after the Peach Festival is over and it gets too […]

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A Very Unofficial Guide To Arizona Plants

By Monica Jamer

This year marks the 11th year that I have lived in Arizona. We have spent a lot of the time here out in the desert four wheeling and hiking. I have many names and references for the different cacti and plants in the area. Some of my names for the cactus might even be semi-official, […]

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10 Entertaining Arizona Festivals in December

By Monica Jamer

In the Phoenix valley, winter is our main time of the year to get out and enjoy life. There are so many different festivals you can attend in December that choosing will be the hardest part! Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts December 6-8 Free Admission This art festival ranks in the top 200 of […]

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Handmade Gift Idea: Crayon Roll with Paper Pocket

By Monica Jamer

This little crayon roll can be a great stocking stuffer, present decor or party favor. They are fun, useful and easy to make, especially for a beginner! Materials: Fabric- 100% Cotton is preferred -6×15″ Main Pattern (tell the cut counter 6″ or 1/6th of a yard, that amount would be good for 2 crayon rolls) […]

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Makutu’s Island in Tempe, Arizona

By Monica Jamer

Yesterday I took my son to Makutu’s Island. We had been there before, around spring break time but this time was much different. My son loved it, and all of the exercise made him sleep really well last night! I like to call Makutu’s Island a McDonald’s Play Place on steroids. Apparently that’s confusing though […]

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

By Monica Jamer

I love to make homemade pizza. My family likes to eat them! Ingredients: Pizza Dough  (or buy it pre-made) Mesquite Seasoning BBQ Sauce Chicken (or Turkey) Mushrooms Onions (optional) Shredded Cheese Olive Oil Spray Directions: Spread out your dough on flour or oil. I usually roll it out on the counter. If it becomes too […]

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A Few Places to Stop in Sedona, Arizona

By Monica Jamer

We recently went up to Flagstaff for a Marriage Retreat provided to us by the National Guard. All we had to do was drive up there and back. We decided to make the drive from the Phoenix area a little more exciting by driving through Sedona both ways. Sedona offered some great scenery and a […]

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3 Delicious Recipes for Blackberries

By Monica Jamer

I love eating blackberries, we used to pick them when we were kids. I was super excited to find them when we went camping on the Mogollon Rim, and we picked plenty so that we could use them when we got home. I probably picked quite a bit more than what I brought home but […]

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